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How to have a fabulous girl’s night out in Brisbane

  • Food & Booze
So Sally’s just gotten engaged, Lara’s finally back from her summer in Europe and Claudia’s announced she’s shipping the kids off to the grandparents for the weekend – it’s time for a girl’s night out! But before the shrieking and gossiping can begin, you need to plan what you’re going to get up to for the night (this is no half-assed boy’s night at the pub, after all). No matter what kind of evening you’re ready for, we’ve got you covered with our ideas for how to have a fab girl’s night out in Brisbane.
For the food lovers: Become a member of The Dining Club
It’s happened to us all – you’re having a swish dinner out with the gals, everyone’s loosened up after a few glasses of wine and then suddenly, the bill arrives. Before you know it, friendly banter suddenly becomes a battle of the wills as Susie declares she only ate an arancini ball so shouldn’t have to pay as much as Janet who clearly polished off an entire plate of cheese by herself. To save yourself the drama, get yourself a membership with The Dining Club. Not only will you get up to a 25% discount on the bill at participating venues around town, but you can share your savings with up to 9 friends – talk about hostess with the mostess.
For the cocktail sippers: Take in a cocktail class
Sure you could just go out for cocktails, but why not learn how to make your own while you’re at it? That way, next time, you can all pitch in for a bottle of booze and make your own cocktails at home – and be safe in the privacy of your own lounge room next time you get 3 pina coladas in and suddenly decide you can break dance.  Check out the multitude of places you can do a cocktail class around town here. All sounds like too much effort? You’ll find plenty of cocktails calling your name with a quick browse here!
For the movers and shakers: Hit the dance floor
But not just any dance floor – no, you want somewhere with old school tunes that will really put you in the mood, not the doof doof tunes the kids are listen to these days. Retro’s is your best bet to hear the familiar sounds of Beyonce, Christina and Britney, but if you’re all about funk and soul, Brooklyn Standard is where you want to be – particularly with their cocktail menu to hit between sets. For a night of being whirled off your feet, grab a mojito and hit the floor at Cloudland’s Soulsa night on Thursdays – with a handsome stranger if you dare.
For the beauty queens: Get a boozy manicure
Brooklyn Beauty Bar on James Street really knows how to put the ‘bar’ into ‘beauty bar’ – they’ve got a wine list as long as their services list! Get a manicure with the gals here and you can sip chardonnay while you do it – and then hit the Valley feeling all glammed up.
For those who can hold a tune: Belt out some karaoke
You know you’re going to start singing along to everything you hear after you’ve had a few wines anyway – why not make a night of it and swap the fork for a microphone? Start with some Japanese eats at Wagaya while you get good and loosened up on BYO wine then hit the private rooms to demonstrate just why you aren’t going to quit your day job any time soon. Now all you need to worry about is planning your outfit! Words by Ranyhyn Akui